On Tuesday night, Ben Carson invoked the name of leftist icon Saul Alinsky to link Hillary Clinton to Satan, eliciting hysteria from leftist media.
Carson was making the point that Alinsky was a role model for Clinton, as she wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley about him. He tied that with the fact that Alinsky acknowledged Lucifer in his most famous book, Rules for Radicals, which has become the leftist playbook.
One of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky. Her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone that she greatly admired and that affected all of her philosophy subsequently. Now, interestingly enough, let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. He wrote a book called “Rules for Radicals.” On the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer, “the original radical who gained his own kingdom.” Now, think about that. This is a nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our Creator. This is a nation where our pledge of allegiance says we are 'one nation under God.” This is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallets says, “In God we trust.” So are we willing to elect someone as president who has, as their role model, somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?”
But what Carson said was, in fact, true; Alinsky was a role model for Clinton. Clinton did write her senior thesis about Alinsky, and Alinsky did acknowledge Lucifer in his introduction. Clinton spoke to Alinsky in the course of writing the thesis, and thanked him in the acknowledgements for "providing a topic, sharing his time and offering me a job." Clinton wrote in her thesis that Alinsky “has been feared — just as Eugene Debs or Walt Whitman or Martin Luther King has been feared, because each embraced the most radical of political faiths — democracy."
Clinton kept in contact with Alinsky when she went to Yale Law School, noting their biennial conversations. She wrote, “You are being rediscovered again by the New Left type politicos as they are finally beginning to think seriously about the hard work and mechanics of organizing.”
In her 2003 memoir, Living History, Clinton wrote of Alinsky: “But we had a fundamental disagreement. He believed you could change the system only from the outside. I didn't. Later, he offered me the chance to work with him when I graduated from college, and he was disappointed that I decided instead to go to law school. Alinsky said I would be wasting my time, but my decision was an expression of my belief that the system could be changed from within.”
On Wednesday morning, Carson went further. Speaking to Chris Cuomo on CNN, he acknowledged that Clinton was not a pure Alinskyite, but insisted that Alinsky's influence affected Clinton. He said, “Again, when you look at the principles that are espoused by Christ, by Christianity, and you look at what’s espoused by evil, and then you look at things like killing babies, you look at things like redefining marriage away from what the biblical definition is, I think that there’s pretty good consistency there."
Cuomo asked, “But don’t you think it’s a little dangerous to tie gay marriage, equality of marriage, respect of L.G.B.T., with being evil?Don't you think that's a little bit too far, once again?”
Carson replied, “Well again, that’s your interpretation."